Kate Nash – Live Music on 35mm Film

August 7, 2019

Last week, Kate Nash came to Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms on the last date of her UK tour. I’d recently taken delivery of a Nikon F100 and fancied it’s autofocus for capturing live music on 35mm film, Kodak Portra 400 in this case rated at asa 1600.

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kate-nash-live-music-on-35mm-film

Before I went full time with photography I would go out and shoot gigs a lot. I would either do this for fun, simply turning up to shows with a camera or would be asked by bands to come along to cover the show. Occasionally, if there was an act I really wanted to shoot, I would contact their PR and charm a photo pass. Back in the mid to late 2000’s you could even message a bands myspace page, often having an actual band member write back with laminate on the door.

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I haven’t properly done the first three songs no flash thing for about 10 years, preffering to work directly with artists and bands either in the recording studio or shooting on location portraits for press imagery. Having secured a guest list spot through Stiff Promotions I was also offered a photo pass by Kate’s super awesome bassist, Emma Hughes, whom I’ve enjoyed the pleasure of working with in the past alongside guitarist, Linda Burratto.

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kate-nash-live-music-on-35mm-film

The gig was first rate, beautiful, noisy, raw, honest, energy. If you can get to a show of Kate’s then you really must! If you think you remember her name, you do! She’s a Brit Award-winning recording artist (you’ll know 2007 debut ‘Made of Bricks’). She’s an actress (you’ll know her from Netflix’s GLOW). And, she’s a style Icon, feminist and voice for women in the music industry, mental health awareness, Ambassador for Plan International and supporter of LGBTQ rights.

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kate-nash-live-music-on-35mm-film
kate-nash-live-music-on-35mm-film

The Nikon F100 perfoms superbly with fast autofocus in lowlight (only five focus points mind you but I like to focus and recompose most of the time). The ergonomics are amazing and the experience is just like using my Nikon digital cameras. I do miss the manual mechanics of my Nikon F3 and F but for nailing focus when you have limited time the camera is perfect. For these photographs I used just one lens, the AF-S Nikkor 35mm F/1.8 ED. It was the perfect focal length for this show given the low and very close stage in the venue. I didn’t want to go super wide and with this lens, it was intimate but with background seperation while still getting a lot of Kate in shot.

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kate-nash-live-music-on-35mm-film

Listen to Kate’s independently released ‘Yesterday Was Forever’, here

Watch BBC documentary ‘Underestimate The Girl’, here